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Manuel shuffles lineup for Sunday

Charlie Manuel unveiled a shuffled lineup for today's game against the Mets that he said could well be the same one he uses in the postseason against righthanded starters.

Manuel shuffles lineup for Sunday

Chase Utley will move up in the altered lineup for Sunday´s matinee against the Mets. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Chase Utley will move up in the altered lineup for Sunday's matinee against the Mets. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Charlie Manuel unveiled a shuffled lineup for today's game against the Mets that he said could well be the same one he uses in the postseason against righthanded starters.

The new look: Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Hunter Pence, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, PLacido Polanco and Carlos Ruiz.

It was the first time the Phillies have had all their regulars in the lineup since clinching their fifth straight division title. They have since lost eight straight games.

The biggest changes are moving Utley from third to second, Pence from fifth to third and moving Victorino into the fifth spot.

"I figured that's our best-balanced lineup against righthand pitchers," Manuel explained. "It splits up our lefthanded hitters with Victorino being a switch-hitter."

In other news, the Phillies announced that Cole Hamels will nto start the regular season finale at Atlanta on Wednesday night as originally scheduled. They will, however, look for an opportunity to get him into the game in a situation he could qualify for his 15th win, which would tie a career high.


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